Sudden oak death blitz set Saturday

There will be a sudden oak death blitz on Saturday, April 19, to help volunteers identify whether the disease is evident in bay laurel trees.

The blitz will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Participants will attend the one-hour training meeting on Saturday, April 19, and learn everything they need to know to participate.

After the meeting, they’ll collect symptomatic leaves on their own, Saturday and Sunday and drop-off the leaves back at the meeting site by 5 p.m. Sunday.

The UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab will test the leaves for Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD.

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